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Sarac honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Mon 8 Jun 2020

Sarac, a group of volunteers based in Burton, have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. 

Sarac is a 25 year old charity offering support and advice to any person over the age of 11, who has been affected by sexual abuse and/or rape. Highly trained staff and volunteers provide a service which focuses on sexual abuse and trauma effects. Volunteers dedicate a minimum of two hours a week to the adult service via either helpline or face to face therapy. Sarac also provides workshops and awareness raising sessions to schools, colleges, and adult groups.

Sarac is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. 

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse.  They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group in Swansea, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down.

Representatives of sarac will receive the award from Ian Dudson CBE, Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from sarac will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

Sarac’s Service Manager Amanda Baker says: 

“We are delighted and humbled to receive such a prestigious award. It is a huge boost to morale, and we are proud that the dedication of our amazing volunteers, past and present, has been recognised in this way.” 

During the COVID-19 crisis, we are still here for those who need us, as well as for new referrals and professionals. Please call our helpline on 01283 517185 or email us at staff@sarac.org.uk. More information can also be found at www.sarac.org.uk. We’re here to listen.